Radical Honesty

Posted: March 16, 2010 in Mentalism

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to tell the complete truth all the time? This includes telling white lies. What if when someone asked you if they looked nice when they didn’t, and you couldn’t tell them a white lie to make them feel better? What if you had to tell them exactly what they looked like?

You’d probably get into a fair amount of trouble, but research shows that those who tell the truth all the time are generally happier people because they don’t have to hold the weight of the lie with them, especially when that lie is a big one.

If you’ve ever watched the hit show “Lie to Me” you’ll know that Loca who is played by Brendan Hines is doing Radical Honestly, however he does take it a step further by blurting out whatever is on his mind. Being honest with someone in the long run solves a lot of problems. A typical person tells on average 3 lies per 10 minutes of conversation, more often that not these are “white lies” to spare someone’s feelings.

Being 100% honest is much less likely to end you up in as much trouble as you would have been if you had told a lie and then been found out. I think the best way to try this out is to try the radical honesty yourself for a couple of days and see how much better you feel.

Next tie you’re late into school, college or work instead of using the typical excuses “the bus was late” or “there was a lot of traffic” just tell them you couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed, and decided to take your time instead of rushing around just to get in on time. Depending on who you’re higher authority is you may or may not get into trouble, but at the same time they’ll appreciate you telling them the truth, and in the end probably find you more trustworthy (I wouldn’t do this if you are late for an important meeting, or your work is very important for progressing, otherwise you may end up with the sack)

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